Legal advice

We're a law firm with more than 30 years' experience in property law. As lawyers we can offer you so much more than a settlement agent.

Get advice before you sign a contract

There’s no cooling-off period for real estate contracts in Western Australia. Once the contract is signed by both parties, it’s usually legally binding. We strongly recommend that you seek legal advice on the draft contract before you sign it. Common pitfalls for buyers and sellers include:

  • termite problems or structural defects
  • special conditions; for example, the sale of another property
  • encumbrances on title
  • unapproved structures

Legal problems during settlement

Most settlements proceed smoothly. But if there’s a problem, it’s good to know that we, your settlement lawyers, can advise you of your rights and tackle the difficulty on the spot. Flat Rate Settlements with Birman & Ride is a one-stop shop if you need to take legal action to enforce your rights.

Advice at fixed fees

Start by booking a consultation. After the consultation we will offer you a written quote for any further services.

Legal advice consultation

Express contract review consultation $250*

For advice on draft (unsigned) contracts, we offer a 30-minute consultation at our office or by telephone/Skype.

We can generally have your consultation within 4 business hours of your booking.

Bookings must be made by telephone or email. Please email the draft contract to us before your consultation: settlements@flatratesetts.com.au

*Additional charges may apply for long or complex contracts. Second and subsequent reviews within a 3 month period: $99

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Legal advice consultation

Legal advice consultation $198/$385

For advice on signed contracts or legal issues during settlement, book a consultation ($198 for 30 mins / $385 for 60 mins) with one of our property lawyers.

Following the consultation, we will offer you a written quote for any further service.

Unable to attend our office? We can conduct your consultation by telephone or Skype – please contact us.

What to bring to the consultation:

  • your photo identification;
  • a copy of the contract and any other relevant documents.

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Michael Hodgkins
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Laura Gaunt
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